Jazz Music, Japanese Interment Camps, Facebook, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, October 8, 2018


The Syncopated Times: Tom Lord’s Online Jazz Discography. “TJD Online … is available for $9.99 a month. It fully documents jazz from 1917 to the present time, and also includes ragtime and related sessions that date back to the 1890s. It is easy to use and one can quickly get a chronological listing not only of all of the sessions that a particular musician led but every date that he or she appeared on. If you ever wanted all 1,231 sessions that bassist Milt Hinton was on (dating from 1930-99), you can pull it up within moments. It is also easy to get a chronological listing of every version of a particular song including 2,385 versions of “Body And Soul” and “just” 2,126 of “St. Louis Blues.” There are over a million musician and tune entries with information on 35,000 leaders and 182,000 sessions.”

Berkeley: Now Available! The Japanese American Internment Sites: A Digital Archive. “The project builds upon two previous grants conducted between 2011-2017 to digitize 100,000 documents from the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study and 150,000 original items from Bancroft’s archival collections including the personal papers of internees, correspondence, extensive photograph collections, maps, artworks and audiovisual materials. Together, these collections bring the total number of digitized and publicly available items to about 400,000 and form one of the premier sources of digital documentation on Japanese American Confinement found anywhere.”


VentureBeat: Facebook bug prevented users from deleting their accounts. “Until just a few days ago, some Facebook users could not delete their accounts — the option to do so simply didn’t work. After VentureBeat reached out to Facebook regarding the issue, an engineer was able to squash the bug.”

Euractiv: EU data-based food information tool crosses the border. “Open Food Facts, the French winner of EU Datathon competition, plans to expand to other member states in a bid to overcome the language barrier and improve food information within the European Union, its vice-president Pierre Slamich told”


MakeUseOf: How to Host an Instagram Takeover in 5 Simple Steps. “Of all the social media platforms out there, Instagram is probably the one producing the most trends. Instagram is a social network that always keeps you wondering what the next big thing will be about. This time around, it’s not so much about what’s new, but rather what’s hot right now. And if you have been reluctant to join in on the weirdest social media trends such as the finger selfie challenge or trying all things unicorn on camera, you’ll definitely want to be on board with this one.”


BBC: BBC ‘to make classical music archive available’. “The BBC is set to announce plans to make its back catalogue of classical music available to the public. Director general Tony Hall is expected to say the move will mean historic and recent performances are ‘returned to the public’.”


Techdirt: The Entire Broadband Industry Just Sued California For Daring To Protect Net Neutrality. “As expected, the broadband industry filed suit against the state of California today over the state’s shiny new net neutrality law. The lawsuit (pdf), filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of California, echoes many of the same arguments made in the DOJ’s own recent lawsuit against the state.”


Phys .org: Harmless science to heal artworks. “A newly developed ‘diagnostic kit’ that allows to address if an artwork is showing symptoms of deterioration and premature ageing, detecting degradation markers, is presented in the papers published by the group led by Principal Investigator Massimo Lazzari at CiQUS (Center for the research on Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain). The most relevant feature of the kit is the noninvasiveness of the sampling, so that there is no harm for the artwork. ”

The Guardian: Font of all knowledge? Researchers develop typeface they say can boost memory. “Australian researchers say they have developed a new tool that could help students cramming for exams – a font that helps the reader remember information. Melbourne-based RMIT University’s behavioural business lab and design school teamed up to create ‘Sans Forgetica’, which they say uses psychological and design theories to aid memory retention.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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